Another creationism speciation event has been observed.
Creationists, including Intelligent Design proponents, argue that speciation does not occur or if it occurs it occurs very rarely. The fossil record, according to creationists, shows no (or arguable very few) incidents of speciation where one species evolves into another. Creationists further argue that that depiction of the record is accurate.
Now, some creationists are not shy about explaining how all those species arose. They arose by special creation. God made them more or less as they are now or as they were preserved in the fossil record. These creationists forthrightly acknowledge Gods’ role in creation and they are to be applauded for their intellectual honesty.
Evolution on the other hand describes the mechanism of natural selection where speciation is a common event. In several Chapters of Origin of Species, Darwin discusses the near impossibility of distinguishing between varieties, breeds and species, suggesting that varieties and breeds are incipient species, since there is no principled way to reliably distinguish between varieties and species. Since Darwin, speciation events have been observed many times, enough to demonstrate that Darwin’s description of natural selection is correct. The observation of various types of ring species is enough to demonstrate both that “species” is a fuzzy description and legitimate disagreements can arise when exactly a new species arises, and new species arise pretty frequently with full lines of transition mapped out pretty thoroughly.
Young earth creationists—those who believe more or less that the earth was created recently, more or less literally as set out in Genesis. Each spieces on earth now, more or less specially created by God. Several varieties/subspecies/incipient species
Old earth creationists—those who believe the earth is geologically older, and God specially created various “kinds” of animals that may have evolved to some greater or lesser extent into today’s animals. Several varieties/subspecies/incipient species
Progressive Creationists: Those who believe God created earth and species over time. Each species is/was specially created some recently as God continues His work. Several varieties/subspecies/incipient species.
ET creationists—These creationists believe that life on earth was brought or placed here by extraterrestrials or time travelers. Several varieties/subspecies/incipient species.
“Public Consumption Intelligent Design.” This is the version put out for public consumption by Behe and Dembski. Agnostic on age of earth, apparently natural selection is “mostly” correct and accounts for the majority of earth’s species today. Nevertheless there are a few detectable instances of special creation where the designer, for example, stuck a flagella to the butt of some bacteria, organized one (but not every) blood clotting cascade and one (but not every) immune system. There might not be very many instances of special creation but they are there and can be identified by their irreducible complexity and the explanatory filter’s elimination of regularity and chance.Definitely, several varieties/subspecies/incipient species.
Creationism Speciation. Sometimes a member of one of these groups splits off, forming a new species. As Darwin noted, when this happens the parent and offsrping species can exist side by side for quite soem time. I previously identified a creationism speciation event where creationism was identified as “a minority scientific viewpoint (MSV).”
The common thread for all forms of creationism: rejection in whole or in part of common descent and natural selection and a corresponding belief that some life forms were specially created in whole or in part. If you hold that belief you are a creationist.
But people don’t like that term because it carries so much baggage, conjuring up images of ignorant bible thumpers. It also has the unfortunate attribute of being a religious belief so it can’t be taught in pubic schools. People will go to great lengths to avoid the creationism label while eagerly retaining the special creation concept. Thus, old earth creationism evolved into scientific creationism which in turn evolved into intelligent design, which recently evolved into MSV.
Now, a new creationism speciation event is observerved as yet another creationist attempts to avoid the creation label and evolves into a “Post Darwinist.”
Here is her statement:
I concluded that Darwinian evolution cannot, on the evidence, be the whole explanation of the history of life on Earth. Clearly, intelligent design was also involved. But because I do not subscribe to any brand of creationism, I call myself a post-Darwinist.
“Whether life forms with a high information load are
produced by intervention or by initial encoding can possibly be answered by
research.” (yes it can, and has been)
Sorry, you are a creationist. You believe in special creation, whether it’s called intervention or not, of certain life forms on this planet.